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Historic Northampton Shoemakers Tricker’s Managing Director Talks Sustainability

Written by on August 2, 2021

As part of our Greener and Cleaner Northampton campaign, we spoke with Tricker’s Managing Director Martin Mason about the companies heritage and its sustainability goals.

Photograph of Martin Mason stood in front of a selection of shoes.
Tricker’s Managing Director Martin Mason.

Martin told NLive that the company has a long history in Northampton and sustainability is a part of that:

“Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. Goodyear welted footwear is a pretty sustainable business model, if you consider the largest raw material we use is leather and that is effectively a waste product from the food industry.”

“All of the components that we use and buy are local from component suppliers in the county the heels; the soles; the thread and everything you can imagine that goes on a piece of footwear is sourced from within the county.”

It isn’t just material sustainability that Tricker’s focus on, Martin shared that local employment is a big part of the companies sustainability:

“The people we employ live locally, they spend their money locally and everything we buy is sourced locally. So it’s a business model that predominantly has been around for a long time. Certainly, at the beginning of the twentieth century, there were hundreds and thousands of factories in the UK all locally run, by local people and ultimately using local resources.”

“By employing local people, and using fair hiring standards we reduce transport miles.”

Tricker’s promotional video.

You can listen back to the full interview below, and see more from our Greener and Cleaner Northampton campaign here.

Greener and Cleaner Northampton campaign interview with Martin Mason

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